Skinny-ish Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Skinny Ranch Recipe

Spicy, saucy, and a little bit sassysay hello to your new favorite game time snack!

I’ve always been a big meatball fan. As good in a bowl of pasta as they are a stand alone appetizer, meatballs are the perfect single-bite punch of flavor. And, while I love a traditional meatball, it’s the more unconventional, avant-garde ones like these that really make my taste buds sing. With hearty ground chicken, sharp parmesan cheese, a hit of buffalo sauce, and zesty skinny ranch for dipping, these one-bite wonders are sure to become one of your new favorite recipes.

Plus, popping these babies into the air fryer rather than the oven not only makes them cook faster, but it adds an extra bit of crispiness that makes them absolutely irresistible!

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Here’s how you’ll make my Skinny-ish Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Skinny Ranch:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for the meatballs, adding chicken last. Use a fork or clean hands to gently mix.
  3. Use a small ice cream or cookie scoop to measure out meatballs, rolling to shape.
  4. Place on a sheet pan and continue to shape all meatballs.
  5. Spray air fryer with cooking spray, then add in one layer of meatballs, leaving space between them. You may need to work in batches.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes, then gently flip and cook for another 7-8 minutes.
  7. While meatballs cook, mix all ingredients for the skinny ranch together, adjusting the seasoning to your taste.
  8. In a small bowl, combine reserved buffalo sauce and chopped cilantro.
  9. Pour sauce over top of cooked meatballs and coat gently.
  10. Dip into skinny ranch and enjoy!

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Skinny-ish Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Skinny Ranch

Spicy, saucy, and a little bit sassy.
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Course Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 18 Meatballs

Ingredients
  

For the meatballs

  • 1 Lb ground chicken lean, not extra lean
  • 1/3 Cup pinko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 2 eggs beaten lightly
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp buffalo sauce reserve additional 1/4 cup for coating
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro

For the skinny ranch

  • 1/2 Cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 Packet Hidden Valley Ranch dressing seasoning.
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Splash of plain nut milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients for chicken meatballs, adding the ground chicken last. Use a fork or clean hands to mix gently.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop to measure out meatballs, rolling to shape. Place on a sheet pan and continue to shape all meatballs.
  • Spray air fryer grates with cooking spray, then add in one layer of meatballs, leaving space between them. You may need to work in batches depending on the size of your fryer.
  • Cook for 10 minutes, then gently flip and cook for another 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • While meatballs cook, mix all ingredients for the skinny ranch together, adjusting the seasoning to your taste.
  • In a small bowl, combine reserved buffalo sauce and chopped cilantro.
  • Once meatballs have cooked, pour sauce over top of meatballs and coat gently.
  • Dip into skinny ranch and enjoy!
Keyword air fryer, buffalo chicken, buffalo sauce, meatballs, ranch dressing, skinny ranch
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